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NCRB Report: Crime against Children Spikes up by 20%

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released the crime statistics for the year 2017 in the country. The Bureau under the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the data in public domain after a hiatus of two years.

As per the reports, overall crime against women in the country grew by nearly 6% in 2016-17 while there was a jump of over 20% in crime against children in a year.

Key Highlights of the Report

  • The highest percentage of crimes against women, more than 15% was reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
  • The highest rate of registered rapes cases was reported from Madhya Pradesh at 14.7% followed by Chhattisgarh.
  • The number of girls under the age of 6 who were raped stood at 298 and the highest number of victims in this category also in UP. Over 93% of the rape victims across all categories knew their tormentors before the crime.
  • There were 89 cases of custodial rapes. A total of 148 women were attacked with acid while 600 women approached police with complaints of cyber crime.
  • Nearly 28% of the cases of crime against children were reported from UP and MP alone. In all 1550 children were murdered in the country in 2017 which included 73 instances of infanticides.
  • The number of cases registered under the POCSO act stood at around 32000. Numerous cases were also registered under the Juvenile Justice Act.
  • Among the metro cities, Delhi proved to be the safest for the children followed by Mumbai.

Custodial Deaths have no convicts”:
As many as 100 people died in the police custody in 2017, in comparison to 92 reported in the previous year. While 58 peopl3 died in jail, 42 died in police custody.

The highest number of custodial deaths was reported from Andhra Pradesh followed by Gujarat and Maharashtra. But not one person has been convicted in connection to the 100 custodial deaths, according to the NCRB data. A total of 33 policemen were arrested and 27 were chargesheeted for those deaths.

Fake News Entries in NCRB Records
The instances of Fake News, making its debut in the NCRB data recorded 257 entries with MP leading the list followed by UP and Kerala. Jammu and Kashmir, where communication services stand severely depleted and curtailed for the fear of ‘fake news’ and security reasons, since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370, recorded only four cases of spreading fake news in 2017.  This is the first time the government has compiled data on such crimes under the Section 505 of IPC.

As many as 11 states reported no incident of fake news/rumors circulation. These include Jharkhand and Haryana, where many people have been killed due to circulation of false rumors pertaining to child lifting, cattle smuggling etc.

Data on Cybercrimes
According to the NCRB Report, fraudulent transaction and sexual exploitation were the most reported cyber crimes by a large margin. Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of cyber crimes in 2017 followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Frauds and extortion were the biggest motives behind attacks in UP while sexual exploits and frauds were the biggest causes of attacks in Maharashtra.

SOURCE: The New Indian Express, NCRB Website

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